TBT to February 15, 2015

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!  It’s time for another weekly sneak peek of today’s Throwback Thursday project at the Scrap’N Stamp Blog


I remember this one–I tried all kinds of techniques for this Valentine’s project!!  For all of the reposted details, check out the Scrap’N Stamp Blog!!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!


TBT to March 7, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS–a few days early, and HAPPY THURSDAY!!  Time for our weekly Throwback Thursday at the Scrap’n Stamp Blog!!  Today, knowing that all of you have gotten all of your hand-crafted Christmas cards and tags sent off for the season, we’re going ‘Industrial’ and revisiting a posting from March 7, 2014


Come on over to the Scrap’n Stamp Blog to see what’s ‘blooming’!!  Hope to see you there!!

I’m going to try to sneak in another Christmas creation post before the holiday weekend is upon us, especially since said Christmas creations are in the mail and well on their way to their intended destinations for the holiday 🙂 🙂

I’ll be back soon!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



Love Me Two Times

Hi There!!  Happy Monday!!  After the exciting weekend of sharing my design team projects for the new challenges at Our Creative Corner & Eclectic Ellapu, I’m here today with a tag I made to enter into a few challenges myself!!


I completely ran out of time to get this entered into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 #20 challenge, but I’m making it in the nick o’ time at Tag Along-Think Pink, Artist Trading Post Exchange-Flower Power & A Vintage Journey-Love is in the Air.

Although the challenge at AVJ is not music related, the challenge title “Love is in the Air” took me straight to a disco song from the 70’s, which got me running through my internal library of music, when the needle landed on “Love Me Two Times” by The Doors.  One of my favorite ways to create is by letting a song title or lyrics direct me and this song was perfect for my tag!!


I started with a jumbo #10 manila tag and stamped the heart from the Valentine Blueprint set onto the tag twice with Jet Black Archival ink.  See-there it is already…Love (me) two times!!  Get it?! LOL Oh, I crack myself up sometimes!! 🙂


I used Tim’s water coloring technique to color and shade the two hearts.  I used my detail water brush with Distress Markers in Barn Door on the top heart, and Worn Lipstick on the bottom heart.  I then shaded the hearts with Pumice Stone & Black Soot DMs using my wide tipped water brush and heat dried.


I added a bit more color to my tag using the wrinkle free Distress Stain technique with Worn Lipstick & Aged Mahagony DSs.  The color on the front of the tag is the left-over stain from running the backside of the tag through the stains first.


Here’s the back of the finished tag, which received those first few swipes through the stains-So much darker than the color on the front!


To finish my background, I rubbed Tea Dye & Vintage Photo DIs over the entire surface and edges.  Then I used my mini-Pumice Stone DI, my mini-ink blending tool and my Hearts LS to add a few random hearts here and there and used my air art tool to spritz Aged Mahogany DM over the tag.


I die cut  a bunch of Tattered Florals from pink, red & burgundy colored stock (and I had the tulle tattered florals in my stash).  I then stamped them with my ‘love’ definition &  harlequin background stamps, in Vermilion and Coffee Archival inks.  I spritzed them with water, wadded them up and let air dry.


I embellished my tag with the assembled Tattered Florals blooms, red rhinestones, a file tab and a couple of arrows from my Industrious Borders stickers.


I added colored gumdrops to the center of each flower and wrapped the blooms with pieces of some funky yarn from my stash–Oh, I also tucked some die cut Garden Greens in there that I had cut out of tissue wrap!


I added my word bands to my tag with matte gel and topped it all with a seam binding bow stained with Worn Lipstick & Barn Door DSs.

Love Me Two Times–I’m going away…..But only over to the challenges!!  I’m headed over to Tag Along, Artist Trading Post & A Vintage Journey before I lose any more time!!  Before we know it, February will be just a memory and Spring will be in the air!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Surfaces: Jumbo Manila Tag (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Pink, Burgundy, Red Card Stock (Papertrey Ink); Tulle; Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Valentine Blueprints (Tim Holtz/ Stampers Anonymous); Love Defined Stamp (SU); Harlequin Stamp (Penny Black)
  • Distress Markers, Inks & Stains (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Inks (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Black Enamel Accents (Ranger)
  • Tattered Florals & Garden Greens Bigz Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix);
  • Gumdrops, File Tab & Industrious Stickers (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Seam Binding (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Funky Yard;
  • Matte Gel (Liquitex); Hot Glue Gun; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Paint Brush; Water Brushes; Air Art Tool (Artworx)

Love Potion #9

Happy Sunday!!  Here I am with my weekly posting for Artistic Outpost (I just love saying that)!!  I’m going all romantic on you today with a musically inspired Valentine’s Day card I’ve entitled ‘Love Potion #9’.  I could have made up something like, ‘Dr. Love’ or ‘Bottle Full of Love’ for this post title, but those don’t have the playfulness or fun the title & lyrics of the song “Love Potion #9” evokes 🙂


 I’m featuring two Artistic Outpost stamp sets in this card; Apothecary & Secretary Pool.  In the Apothecary set, there are 6 different stamps that you can use for the bottle label, making this set extremely versatile for creating for any season, for any reason.  The ‘Love Potion #9’ stamp got me singing the song (in my head, of course!) and thinking of Valentine’s Day (less than a month away….nudge, nudge-wink-wink)!


 I worked with the bottle first as this had some drying time involved with its creation.  I stamped the bottle image with Jet Black StazOn ink onto WV modeling film.  I fussy cut the bottle then colored it with Wild Plum Adirondack alcohol ink and an oldie-but-goodie bottle of alcohol ink, that I’ve had since the very beginnings of my craftydom, called Studio 2 Ink-It in Watermelon.  I let those colors blend together and air dry.   I stamped the text onto tissue paper then glued to the inside of the bottle and heat set.  I then molded the bottle by using my embossing heat gun and my fingers, carefully–it’s HOT!!  Then, I treated with gloss multi-medium, let dry, then applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP over the entire surface and let air dry.  Love those cracks!!  I rubbed Black Soot DI over the crackly surface to bring those wonderful cracks out!!


I think this could be the guy in the song who visits the fortune teller for his bottle of Love Potion #9!!  He’s been unlucky in love, went to the fortune teller, got the bottle, went back to his office, compounded his own tonic, and now, he’s prescribing his own concoction of ‘Love Potion #9’!!  This gent is stamped onto mixed-media paper with Jet Black Archival ink and water colored with my water brush and DMs in Tattered Rose, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Picket Fence & Weathered Wood.  He was fussy cut and mounted onto a little piece of black stock, fussy cut again and adhered to the card with foam squares.


 I was playing around with different positioning options for this card–at one point, I was going to place the Dr. onto the prescription, but thought that too obvious (oh, he’s prescribing himself, is he?)!  Instead, I thought a bloom of love, sitting atop a prescription of love, to be more romantic and subtle.  I’m using my Tattered Florals die to cut out my stamped stock and painted & inked pieces of tulle.  I layered them together and attached to this heart shaped metal flower embellie with a mini silver brad.


This is a good shot of not only the glittery hearts bursting out of this bottle of Love Potion #9, but look at that background!!  I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of this before I started layering-DUH!!  The background is white stock brayed with Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I spritzed with water and heat dried, then used the Blueprint texture fade to emboss, then I rubbed Black Soot DI over the entire surface.


Take 2 ‘loves’ and call me in the morning!!  I’ve used the alphabet stamp from the Secretary Pool to create these two sets of words–stamped several times onto white stock with Picked Raspberry, Barn Door, Black Soot & Worn Lipstick DIs.


This was a lot of fun to put together and other than drying times, pretty fast to make.  While I let the bottle do its crackly thing overnight, I had everything else assembled and ready to go, so the next day, placement, another round of letting things dry (but quickly) and done!  OK–I’ll tell you now, this won’t be the last time you see me using this Apothecary set!!  There are still stamps in this set that I haven’t put to use yet, and it’s only January!!  😉

Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday to have a visit with me!  If you’ve got AO stamps, then don’t forget to fit the monthly Show Us Your AO Art Challenge onto your creative calendar.  You’ve got a chance to win a $15 AO gift certificate, so why not?!

Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!



  • Stamps:  Apothecary & Secretary Pool (Artistic Outpost)
  • Surfaces: Red, White, Black Card Stock; Mixed-Media Stock; Modeling Film; Color Core Stock; Tulle; Red Glitter Paper; Tissue Paper
  • Distress Inks, Paint, Stains & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Ink (Ranger); Ink-It Alcohol Ink (Studio 2); Archival Ink (Ranger); StazOn Ink (Tsukineko); Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)
  • Hearts Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Label Letters (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Brayer & Finger Knife (Fiskars); Craft Sheet & Ink Blending Tools (Ranger); Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Gun; Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios); Gloss Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); 26 Gauge Wire; Metal Flower Embellishme

In a Time of Poe

HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!!  It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints 🙂 and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe!  With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween 🙂


 The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock.  This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.


I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun!  I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way 🙂


I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.


I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks.  I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.

I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks.  The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.

I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock.  I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).

I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails!  I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…

I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps.  I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.

During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.


This is how I stored my clock at night.  As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!


I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there 😉 Sorry, back now!


I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each.  It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).


I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together.  I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!


Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning.  Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium.  I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry.  OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.

I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.

Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set.  I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.

I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere!  I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.

I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed.  I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!


OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene!  I shall have a gothic headstone!  I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…


…and fussy cut each one out.  The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink


…and heat embossed with Pumice Stone Distress EP.  I distressed all of the edges and inked with Black Soot DI.


I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium.  I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.


A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…


…with Black Marble Ink Spray!!  Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….


I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath.  I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.


I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP.  I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.


Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool.  It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven 😉


This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!


I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy.  These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique 🙂


I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried.  Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down.  I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.

I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto  the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper.  I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush.  At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.


This skeleton image is from Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plate and I use him a lot! This time, I stamped him with Cotton White Opaque Staz-On ink onto Modeling Film.


Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!!  I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets.  I needed to add a little bling somewhere 🙂


BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight.  I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting 😉


OK–So now it’s time for assembly.  I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.


OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement.  Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.


Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) 😉


I almost forgot about installing the glass!!  But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!!  WHEW & DUH!!


My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….


I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock.  I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there 🙂


Here’s a better view of the blooms.  Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist.  I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.


I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it.  Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!


Oh, my skeleton friend?  He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!


The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!


I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!


I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!!  And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!!  I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!

I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe.  The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words.  Thank You, EAP!

Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!!  Or is it?



  • Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
  • Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
  • Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
  • Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
  • Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
  • Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools

Face the Sun

Happy Monday!!  I’m actually a bit relieved to be inside today sharing this post with you–It was a HOT one working outside over the weekend and today we’re having a cooler day with predicted thunderstorms, so, I’m taking advantage and ‘working’ inside today!

I’m sharing a project that was firstly inspired by Challenge #6 over at Studio L3, Compendium of Curiosities 3–Altered Burlap Panel.  But, as just so happens, I have a printed chronological list of all of my fav fortnightly & monthly challenges printed out and taped to my wall above my work table, and I got to looking at some of the challenge themes and HEY–what I want to make will fit in with 4 other challenges!!  Can you tell which ones?


I LOVE SUNFLOWERS!! and I couldn’t resist making this entire project about Sunflowers and inspiration and Summer and Distress & Dies (A Vintage Journey and Virginia’s View Challenge) and Handmade Flowers & Dyed Ribbon (Our Creative Corner) and Summer Heat (Frilly & Funkie).  See what I mean?  😉

As I’m participating in the CC3 Challenge, I can’t share any of the Altered Burlap Panel techniques I used, but, I can show you the bulk of goodies that I started with–Oh boy, I’m gonna get inky and painty with this one!!


At Frilly & Funkie, the challenge is to use warm colors and Summer blooms in your creation.  I can’t think of a bloom that says Summer more than my favorite in the whole wide world–Sunflowers!  And I’m pulling out all kinds of Distress goodness & my Tattered Floral Die to keep up with the creative tour at A Vintage Journey.  I’m Distressing out all over the place for these burlap panels!


I’m stamping/fussy cutting and die cutting my handmade flowers to be a part of the fun at Our Creative Corner and Virginia’s View Challenge along with….


…the added touch of dying your own ribbon as a part of Our Creative Corner, too!  Fun Stuff!!


I have an ‘old’ Stampin’ Up set (circa 2000) called Summer Sunflower–Gotta totally use that!!  I stamped several blooms from that set with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Wild Honey DI’s, but I only ended up using the larger Sunflower images for my panels.  I die cut the pointy blooms from the Tattered Floral Die, in manila stock, muslin and tulle.


I dabbed some gesso onto the tulle flowers and heat dried, then pressed them into Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed & Ripe Persimmon DI’s that I smooshed onto my craft sheet and spritzed with water.


My muslin die cut flowers have been treated the same as the tulle flowers.  I randomly dabbed gesso and heat dried, then I pressed them into the same DI colors that were left-over on my craft sheet!  I love those concentrations of color!

After die-cutting these flowers, I inked them with Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon DI’s.  I rubbed each bloom, front and back, directly onto the stamp pad, then rubbed it in with my fingers.  I got really inky!!  After heat drying, I spritzed each flower with water and scrunched into little balls and spritzed again.


I left these to dry overnight and I was not expecting these to be on my work table the next morning (I guess the kitties found better things to play with…).  These are how they looked when I peeled the petals open!  Love it!!  These blooms also got spritzed with Biscotti & Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mists, I just didn’t take pictures…


These leaves and stems are also from the Summer Sunflower set by SU.  I stamped these onto manila stock with Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint DI’s then fussy cut.  I applied a layer of Clear Rock Candy DCP and when dry, I used a paint brush and applied a light layer of Peeled Paint DS over the top of the crackle finish.  I heat dried then inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool.


I dyed this crinkle ribbon with Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade & Barn Door Distress Stains.  I pressed each stain, separately, onto sections of the ribbon and let the stains wick into each other.


I spritzed the stained ribbon with water, then crinkled into a little ball, and heat dried while pressing between my fingers.

Here’s where the magic happened when I got to put everything together, but, of course, as it goes–no pictures!!  Mainly because of the CC3 #6 challenge, but also because I was in a zone and didn’t pick up the camera again until it was finished…..


Voila!!  Happy Sunflowers with one of my favorite, inspirational quotes “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.-Helen Keller”  I made the word bands myself with my computer and kraft stock.  Easy Peasy!

Now, how about some up close details?


I’ve added a couple of little brads to ‘tack’ down my dyed ribbon to the top of the burlap panel, but I cheated and used multi-medium to glue those brad tops securely.  I used hot glue to adhere the ribbon in place 😉

I added TH/Idea-ology Pen Nibs as embellishment on both panels–one as a stem!


The center of my Sunflowers are small, round pieces of scrap manila stock that I inked with Walnut Stain DI and layered with gloss multi-medium.  I then dipped each piece into a little bag of brown micro-beads and shook a little, until each piece was well coated.  In hindsight, I should have applied another layer of multi-medium & micro-beads to fill in the empty spaces (next time!) 😉


The ribbon that I used between the panels, is hiding a mistake!  It was a failed attempt at joining the panels together–without having the right hardware!!  Luckily, I had a piece of my dyed ribbon that fit just right and now, maybe, it looks like it was supposed to be like that to begin with?! 😉


I just wanted to throw this picture in!  I was having my photo shoots at different times of the day-this one was just as the sun started moving west to set and this is the natural sunlight that floods our living room in the early evening.  I love how the sun landed on this bloom so you can really see that bright yellow of Squeezed Lemonade shine through 🙂  HAPPY!!!


I hope you enjoyed my multi-challenged project today!  What a way to start the week–Finishing this Altered Burlap Panel to now send over to 4 challenges!! WHEW!!  There’s still time at these challenges–Frilly & Funkie ends July 15/Virginia’s View ends July 18/Studio L3 CC3 #6 ends July 18/A Vintage Journey ends July 24/Our Creative Corner ends July 26.  Come On!!

OH–and did I mention the prizes that are available to win at each challenge?  Totally awesome goodies and sponsors; Our Creative Corner has a random prize package from Nicecrane Designs; Virginia’s View Challenge has a gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp up for grabs; Frilly & Funkie and Studio L3 are both being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  See, lots of reasons to create your own projects and submit!!  Remember–you’ve got to be in it to win it, Baby!! 😉 🙂

Thanks so much for starting your week with me!!  I appreciate you all stopping by and taking the time to venture through my creative process with me, even though I couldn’t show you a lot of it!  😉  Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari



April’s Tag

Hello & Welcome Back!  I wanted to end the week with my tag offering for Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of 2014 for April.  I’ve been experimenting with parts of his showcased techniques all month, I guess it’s time that I put them all together for my April Tag.  Here we go!


One of the techniques that Tim highlighted in the making of his April Tag is using his Tattered Pinecone die to make the flowers.  I don’t have that die, but I do have the Tattered Florals die that I experimented with to make my flowers.  As I go along, I’ll show you how I improvised and ended up with these two blooms.


The collection of goodies.

I shopped my own stash with this project and used chipboard from cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard from box packaging and happened to find already cut tattered florals.

Speaking of ‘shopping my stash’–This tag is going to the Earth Day challenge over at Shopping Our Stash challenge blog, too.  Using cereal boxes as my chipboard and hoarding all of the corrugated material I can get my hands on, is just the way I craft.  It’s fun trying to figure out second-life uses of items and materials we use every day.


Bits & pieces of Tim’s collage paper stash.

This is the chipboard paper collage I glued together to use with the Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’ll use the frame this makes later but I’ll use a few of the hexagons on this tag.

I randomly applied tissue tape to both sides of my #8 manila tag.


The front side of the tag got a coat of Broken China DP and a good spritz and flick of water.

I blotted the excess water off, then dried with my heat tool.

I treated the backside of my tag with Scattered Straw DP in the same manner as the front.


I blotted the excess water and paint off with a paper towel and heat dried.  I Love how some of the Broken China DP from the front of the tag, seeped around the edges of the back.  A completely random and totally awesome effect!  Being messy really pays off sometimes 🙂

I inked the front and back with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain DI’s and my ink blending tools.  I also distressed the edges with my paper distresser.

One of my favorite things to do–the water spritz and flick.

 Those water drops add so much personality to a project.  If I’m not splattering paint on my cards & tags, I’m definitely spritzing & flicking water on them.  Well, who am I fooling–I usually do both to ALL of my projects!  LOL 🙂


Here is my second-life cereal box chipboard, that I die cut using the Tim Holtz Honeycomb frameworks die.  I’m going to apply my Crushed Olive DP heavier where that dot-matrix printing is on the chipboard.  That’s all coding and such printed on the inside of the cereal box–but easily camouflaged, no problem!

I thoroughly heat dried my painted honeycomb frame, then gave it a light sanding with my sanding block and finished with an inking of Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain DI’s.

I cut the honeycomb frame in a couple of different places and positioned onto the front of my tag.  I glued it down with a glue stick and applied a little dry heat.


One of the things I experimented with for this tag is getting a mirrored effect with Distress Paint.  One surface I used the Honeycomb die with was a piece of acetate.  I used one of the acetate hexagon’s and painted it with Brushed Pewter DP and dried with my heat tool.


It’s not a clear, clean mirror effect–it reminds me more of a mercury glass effect.  I’ll take it!

Part of my stash is a nice collection of previously cut die shapes–in this case, already inked and tulle florals already gesso’d.  I stamped the stock florals with one of the french text stamps from the Le Jardin plate from Oxford Impressions.  After stamping all three shapes, I cut the centers out of all of them to basically give me the same kind of length of stock that I can manipulate around a toothpick.


There’s the center of my yellow flower–which btw, was my second attempt at making one of these flowers.  The blue flower is my first attempt and kind of looks like it 😉


I layered a piece of the gesso’d tulle behind the center bud, then wrapped and hot glued the bigger Tattered Floral shape around the toothpick.  (I cleaned my fingers of all of the hot glue residue before taking this shot! My fingers where a gluey mess!!)


This is my first try at making the 3D flower with the tattered florals.  These were left-over die cuts that I made from decorative papers–I think from Stampin’ Up.  But, definitely a bit more…bland, than the 2nd flower that I made.

And again, since I don’t have the Tattered Pinecone die, I don’t have the juniper branches either.  So, in this case, I used a leaf die cut from Sizzix and cut out my leaf branches from a piece of distress colorcore stock.  I ran two pieces of stock through the Big Shot machine and carefully sanded each branch before taking out of the whole piece.  Then I stamped each branch with the same french text stamp that I used on the yellow flower.


I spritzed my crinkle ribbon with water, then rubbed my Crushed Olive DI pad over the entire surface then crinkled in my fingers while I heat set.


I rubbed both Crushed Olive & Broken China DP onto the philosophy tag and rubbed a little bit onto the jump ring and wire pin.  When the DP was a little dry, I wiped the surface of the token to leave the depressed areas filled with paint.

I glued both blooms down with a hot glue gun and all of the little hexagon pieces got adhered with matte multi-medium.


What did I say earlier about paint splattering?  I couldn’t let this tag get away without a proper splattering of Scattered Straw DP.  I’m so glad that I made this last minute addition.  The way the paint ended up getting splattered on that blue flower, just finished it off perfectly!  Now I feel a little better about that particular flower 🙂


The back I left plain–When I make a tag that I know I’m going to end up sending to someone, I prepare the back, but leave room for a stamped sentiment or a handwritten message.


I added little itty bitty self-adhesive brown pearls to the centers of each tattered bloom–just the right amount of ‘bling’ for this tag.


Since I’ve got this tag with all kinds of fun elements, I’m going to send this into the Spring Flowers challenge at A Vintage Journey.  This tag is perfect for this challenge–not only is it for Tim’s monthly challenge, but A Vintage Journey is a blog inspired by Tim’s creations and techniques!  This tag is Tim inspired all the way!! 🙂


Thank you for ending your week with me!  I may be posting something special over the weekend, so stay tuned 🙂

Until then–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!  XOXO-Shari


  • #8 Manila Tag (Ranger); Chipboard (cereal box); Collage Paper Stash (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Tulle; Manila Stock; Decorative Papers (SU); Corrugated Cardboard (reused packaging); Acetate (SU); Colorcore Distress Collection (Core’dinations)
  • French Text Stamp from Le Jardin Plate (Oxford Impressions)
  • Honeycomb & Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
  • Distress Inks & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger)
  • Tissue Tape, Crinkle Ribbon, Wire Pin & Philosophy Tag (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Jute Twine; Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Hot Glue Gun; Round Toothpicks; Craft Sheet (Ranger); Heat Tool; Sanding Block; Glue Stick; Matte Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Splatter Brush (Liquitex); Paper Distresser (Tim Holtz/Tonic Studios)